From: Alan Horkan (horkana_at_maths.tcd.ie)
Date: Fri Apr 23 2004 - 16:56:32 EDT
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On Thu, 22 Apr 2004, Paul wrote:
> Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 17:31:30 -0700
> From: Paul <psaulm119_at_verizon.net>
> To: abiword-user_at_abisource.com
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> Hmmm well I'll keep that in mind, but honestly, OpenOffice isn't so slow
> as to make installing/dual-booting another OS to be cost-effective in
> terms of time :). Since its already available on Linux, I would think
> that this feature can't be far behind for the XP version of Abiword.
> Since you brought it up, is the Linux version of Abiword the one that
> generally gets features first? With the Mozilla browser, it seems to be
> the opposite--their forums have questions like when will feature x be
> available for Linux users?
The way the core of Abiword means that most features benefit all platforms
at the same time, however enhancements that require the frontend to be
changed take longer before they become available on all platforms.
As Hub has said most of the developers run Linux (or other platform that
supports Gnome/GTK) so new features almost always arrive there first,
however there are a few rare occassions when things get developed on
windows first but for most features there is not much of a time gap before
it is available on most of the abiword platforms.
> I considered converting to the penguin a year ago (right before I bought
> my Dell), but couldn't find a good word processor at the time that would
If you are willing to stretch the defination of "word processor" then
Scribus migth be of interest for creating new documents. Although it does
not support Microsoft formats it is a proper desktop publishing
application and has great PDF export.
> let me make the jump. I'm fairly impressed so far w/ abiword, although
> after a few minutes of tinkering, conversion from MS Word docs (esp.
> graphics) seems to be leave a bit to be desired.
You will probably get better results with the graphics if you install some
of the extra import/export plugins. The default version of Abiword stays
slim by leaving out support for more image types (but there are still some
images embedded in Microsoft documents that are very hard to extract).
> Thanks for your replies.
Hope that helps.
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